Genetic testing has emerged as a valuable tool in the field of psychiatry, offering a deeper understanding of how our bodies respond to medications. At PsychiaTreat in Nassau County, we provide genetic testing services through GeneSight, enabling us to personalize treatment plans and optimize medication management for our patients. In this article, we explore the concept of genetic testing, its benefits, eligibility criteria, the testing process, and the associated costs.
Genetic testing plays a crucial role in analyzing specific genes responsible for how our bodies metabolize and react to certain medications. This information is especially relevant for psychiatric medications such as antidepressants, stimulants, and other psychiatric drugs. By uncovering genetic variations, the test can provide additional insight into optimal dosing and identify patients who may be more prone to side effects.
You may be eligible for genetic testing if you fall into one or more of the following categories: